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Tourist area night patrols ordered as police ’close to making arrests’ for Patong knife attack

Tourist area night patrols ordered as police ’close to making arrests’ for Patong knife attack

PHUKET: The island’s top cop has ordered increased night patrols in tourist areas as police have affirmed being hot on the tail of the three suspects who attacked four foreign tourists on Patong Beach early on Friday (April 1).

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 2 April 2016, 11:12PM

Tourist police visiting one of the victims in Friday’s knife attack.

Tourist police visiting one of the victims in Friday’s knife attack.

Phuket Tourist Police officers and foreign volunteers today visited the Russian tourists admitted to hospital after sustaining knife wounds in an apparent armed robbery attempt early Friday.

Mr Anton Lukin, 30, is being treated at Patong Hospital for a knife wound on his left hand while Ms Aleksandra Obodova, 22, is in critical condition at Vachira Phuket Hospital, having suffered slash wounds to her left wrist, stomach and knee.

Pol Lt Col Anukol Nuket of Kathu Police gave an update on the case: “We’ve now collected statements from all four tourists. The two Australians have already been cleared by doctors to go home, but we’re still monitoring the condition of the Russian woman closely.”

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Lt Col Anukol said that the investigation has gathered leads about the identity of the suspects from eye witnesses as well as CCTV footage collected along the suspected beach road – Loma Park escape route.

“We’ve got the 4-inch pocket knife used in the attack as evidence and expect to make arrests soon,” he said, declining to provide any more details.

Meanwhile, Provincial Police Commander,  Pol Maj Gen Teeraphol Thipjaroen, has ordered Kathu Police Chief Pol Col Chaiyawat Uikham to assign top priority to apprehending the culprits, and has ordered more night patrols in all major tourist areas.

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Kurt | 05 April 2016 - 06:44:37

Hello Sir Burr.  Thank you for your suggestion. I will try.

Sir Burr | 04 April 2016 - 14:18:34

Hello Kurt, If you really insist on commenting on every single news article, at least make your comments shorter. It seems that you never use one word when ten will do.
Brevity is a virtue. Thanks.

Kurt | 04 April 2016 - 11:41:25

You are very right, yvonne.

However, the 'network' police, Phuket authorities, transport mafia is so knitted in Phuket crime scene ( all family of each other) that only crime fighting teams from Bangkok are (temporarily) as proved many times act pro active.

How else can it be that taxis  on Phuket not have the same rate as in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand?
How else can Phuket aut...

yvonne | 03 April 2016 - 22:41:29

Adopt the same punishment that would be given in SINGAPORE against any Tourist attacked with a dangerous Weapon, and even against  locals.!KNIFE is a DANGEROUS WEAPON. These thugs will quickly regret the day there were born.

Sir Burr | 03 April 2016 - 10:34:50

In some countries that rely on tourism, if a crime is committed against a tourist and the person is found guilty, the sentence is automatically doubled. Maybe Thailand should adopt this rule.


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